I’m a little late to the party, as usual, but here is the new year, and with it, predictable resolutions to write more etc. etc.
This song by Akron/Family, sums up much of what I feel about 2010. It wasn’t a bad year, per se. No-one close to me died, and I didn’t go bankrupt or anything, and there were several highlights (I never bothered writing up my 2010 review, maybe Iater), but it was hard. Long periods of unemployment, being forced to move house AGAIN, after only 2 months in the job, some significant sporting injuries…
I haven’t really felt settled for a while, which may largely be due to sulkiness on my part over having to move from Manchester to Liverpool, but I intend to be much more intentional and make Liverpool a home in 2011. About a year ago, coming back from Kenya, I made a commitment to do less stuff on my own, and more things in community, so, in the words of the song: ‘Last year was a hard year, for such a long time, this year’s going to be ours’.
Don Miller reckons that it’s better not to share resolutions, and I mostly agree with him, so although I’ve made a list for the first time in my life, I’m not going to put them up here. But my overall emphasis is being more disciplined and deliberate with my use of time. And that intent manifests itself in a way that affects readers of this blog in that I intend to write a post at least once ever 7 days (unless I’m on holiday, in which case I will catch up), so by the end of the year, I will have at least 52 posts to look back on, rather than the paltry 24 in 2010.
This resolution is not so I can grow a readership or anything, but so I can improve my writing, which is pretty lame at the moment. In particular, I want to get better at communicating the things I’m passionate about to a lay audience. And this is the perfect place to start. So get ready for a year of posts on science, faith, climate change, marine biology and the interface between them.
Hopefully, 2011 will see more posts written better than this, and about more interesting things than this.
Did you know that this week saw the most expensive fish ever sold? You should! And if you keep reading next week, you will!
NB. Savvy readers may accuse me of stealing my song of last year from the ever-excellent Fuel/Friends blog. They will be right. But it doesn’t stop the sentiment from being true. Happy new Year!